2014 NAMM Show: Studiomaster to debut cabs

Studiomaster is debuting and showing numerous new product ranges at NAMM 2014, where it will occupy its largest ever exhibition stand.

Among the new products being launched at the US show is Studiomaster’s premier foray into the compact PA class.

The Studiomaster Venture Series is described as a PA series comprising 12in and 15in two-way cabinets, and a matched 18in sub; available in both 1000W active and passive models. The 12 and 15in active cabinets weigh just 18 and 21.5 kg, respectively.

The nine-ply cabinets are internally braced and finished in wear-resistant black textured coating, with a steel front grille. A 60-degree rear bevel enables the 12 and 15in cabinets to also be used as stage monitors. The Class-D bi-amplified active cabs deliver a total of 600W rms power to the bass and HF drivers, with a peak system power rating of 1000W. All principal components – drivers, cabinet, and integrated electronics – were designed and matched specifically for the Venture project.

A switch-mode power supply provides ample reserve power for the class D amplifiers; the amplifiers and power supply require no cooling fans. Neodymium magnets are used in all drivers in the active cabinets and the 1in HF compression drivers feature a light alloy diaphragm and copper clad aluminium voice coil.

The active cabinets feature a two-channel rear panel mixer section; one channel with balanced XLR mic and ¼in jack line inputs and the other with balanced XLR and stereo phono line level inputs. An XLR LINK line level output enables connection of additional speaker cabinets. There are master level and channel level controls, and green power-on and red peak LEDs. The 18SA sub features a balanced XLR input, a 100Hz hi pass filtered XLR output (to the mid/high cab), and XLR LINK output. Pole mount and M10 hanging fixings, and recessed carry handles are all included.

The passive cabinets feature the same construction and sound performance characteristics, and are rated at 800W program and 1600W peak power handling. Connectivity is with Speakon NL4 connectors throughout.

Two other major new Studiomaster product series at NAMM are the final production versions of the Horizon powered and passive portable mixers and the Starlight combined stage-sound and lighting cabinets.